According to Tennessee Williams, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Truer words have never been spoken. This mystical city, in the heart of the south, is known for its vibrant music, delicious food, European culture, and most of all resilience. The Big Easy makes you feel as though you have traveled back into time and when you get here you never want to leave. Remember people it is pronounced naw-lins!
When to Visit New Orleans
In order to experience all that New Orleans has to offer it’s best to visit during the spring/fall months when tourism is down and the temperatures are bearable. Beware of visiting in the summer months it can be overcrowded and extremely hot & humid.
Things to do in New Orleans
Frenchman Street ($) — The only way to explore NOLA like a local. Music pours out of every venue on this street and the artists migrate here for markets in the evenings.
Garden District ($) — Residential area with the most beautiful preserved historic mansions in all of the South. Make sure to stop by the historic Lafayette Cemetery!
Jackson Square ($) — My favorite part of this city. You can post up here for hours listening to the array of musical acts that line this square. Definitely a must-see!
Bourbon Street ($$) — Live music in almost every bar and to-go drinks every 10 feet. Need I say more?
French Quarter ($) — The most charming place I have ever been. The week after Thanksgiving the streets were empty and we were able to marvel at all the homes!
Restaurants in New Orleans
Cafe Du Monde ($) — One word — ICONIC. Make sure you go here early in the AM or late at night to beat the crowds.
Stanley’s ($$) — Brunch spot at the corner of Jackson Square. Prime for people watching! Our favorite was the Eggs Benedict Poor Boy.
Coquette ($$$) — Family ran farm to table restaurant known to awaken your palette! Major interior goals as well.
Noteworthy Bars in New Orleans
Sazerac Bar ($$$) — Located in the Roosevelt Hotel this swanky (non-tourist) bar is filled with historical wonders. Urban legend says that an attempted assassination took place here on Senator Huey P. Long in the 1930s. The bullet hole is still there today!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar ($) — Doesn’t look like much on the outside but it’s one of the oldest bars around, serving frozen drinks since the 1700s!
Hotels in New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone ($$) — Wonderful customer service and situated right off Bourbon street! Be sure to book a room with a balcony!
Cambria Hotel ($$) — A little out of the way from the main attractions but easily walkable. We enjoyed the updated rooms and amenities!
Loews New Orleans Hotel ($$$) — Situated next to the cable cars for easy transit access. Great happy hour and a wonderful breakfast!
Cable cars ($) — Only $1.25 per way take these cars all around the surrounding areas of Downtown NOLA. Make sure to take the St. Charles line to the Garden District. It’s the oldest streetcar in the USA.
Walk ($) — The French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods are very easily walkable without much effort.
New Orleans is a great city to visit for any occasion and especially during the warmer months when music fills the streets 24/7! Share this post with your friends and if you want to check out more travel guides click here!